The weight is on the box in case you run into this while at the store. Otherwise, I check out the serving size and # of servings in a box if I don't know remember what the recipe calls for or don't know what a standard serving size would be.
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Actually, instead of upping the noodles, try upping the broccoli and tomatoes! It'll add volume, color, and nutrition without a bucketload of calories. How many people are in your family?
Let me make another suggestion that's really helped me with my pasta addiction. Buy a box of whole grain pasta with the regular. Mix it half and half (2 oz of regular, 2 oz of whole grain) and cook. It adds a neat bit of color, and boosts the healthy whole carb content, without sacrificing the texture of the regular pasta. Mixing it in this way has helped me switch to completely whole grain, and I still cook half and half for my family because they don't care for the whole grain, but don't mind half and half.
And do remember that the recipe you're using contains a lot of filling protein and carbs; I don't think you'll have to worry about it being filling. Instead of adding refined carbs, why not make a hearty salad to go with it? I almost never eat only a pasta dish anymore (and believe me, I LOVE pasta) because I add veggies and such on the side to go with it!
It's tricky to change how you think of food, but I'm starting to learn lots of little tricks to make things super healthy. Try and get your head around smaller portion sizes, and remember that you've been trained to eat casual-dining sized plates that could feed three people. You'll find you get used to the smaller portions pretty quickly!
Dragonchilde, that's what I thought!! lol I think I'll add in a little more noodles lol..I eat a lot of pasta too but I never cared to divide the packages of noodles cuz usually when I make meals I make enough for leftovers..then this recipe came along and I'm like what the heck lol
ANARIE, I didn't realize how much pasta came in a box that's why I asked the question..I have no boxes of noodles laying around and I didn't realize 1 box equalled out to a pound..I guess I should have know that though lol.
1/4 lb. fettuccine, uncooked 1 cup broccoli florets 3/4 lb. frozen cooked cleaned medium shrimp, thawed 1 clove garlic, minced 1 tub (10 oz.) PHILADELPHIA Savory Lemon & Herb Cooking Creme 1/4 cup milk 1/4 cup chopped tomatoes
Those are the ingrediants it really doesn't look like much..lol..I'm trying to figure a way to tweek it without having to double everything..I figure adding a little more noodles might work.
It would be a very good thing to re-learn your ounces, fractions, and decimals. A pound is 16 ounces. One-fourth of 16 ounces is the same as 16 ounces divided by 4. You can either figure out what part of a box that is, or go weigh 4 ounces on a scale and see what it looks like.
Whether or not 4 ounces is enough for a whole family depends on what else is in the dish. If it's mostly pasta with just a little chicken or some beans or veggies, etc, then it's probably not enough for more than two adults. If the dish has a lot of something else, though, one ounce per person might be enough. Again, you sort of have to understand how much a serving of the other foods is in order to tell. If the recipe calls for a pound of chicken and 4 ounces of pasta, that's probably plenty for four. If it calls for 1/4 pound of hamburger and 1/4 pound of pasta, that will be enough for two but without much left over.
That's a wonderful, unexpected side effect of a program like SparkPeople-- you become really, really good at arithmetic!
if your box is a 16oz box, that's a pound. so it would be 1/4 of that box. if you buy the bigger boxes [32oz or 2lb] then it would be 1/8. if you buy the whole wheat kind that have funky numbers, read how many servings the box has, divide it out and have two of them. because all 1/4lb is is four ounces.
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